Covers of comics that are (or have been) in my collection at one point or another.
Daredevil: The final issue in the Born Again storyarc. And David Mazzucchelli’s final issue as well. I’ve read that having the Avengers in the last two issues was an editorial mandate put on Miller at the time. If true - I’m still looking for proof of this from an actual Frank Miller interview - that could explain why the last two issues always felt a bit out of place to me. Either way, there’s no denying that this arc is a major building block in raising comics up as a medium worthy of attention during the 80s and beyond. (1986)
Fantastic Four (1981)
Justice League of America: Fresh off of their debut in the second JLA Annual, it’s the new Detroit JLA! And who gets first cover dibs? Vibe! Parachute pants and all! Many people call him a gross 80s stereotype - and there’s truth to that - but the way his character was portrayed (his bravado, his style, his put on accent - that’s right, his accent was an act that slipped to “normal” at times) was fairly spot on as well. Although I never really grew up full blast into a latino culture (sure, some of my aunts/uncles/grandparents spoke spanish, but my home life was as American as anyone else’s. Hungry Hungry Hippos, Oreos, Price is Right, Great Space Coaster, MTV, Moonlighting, Michael Jackson, the Challenger, Ronald Reagan, the Russians, 99 Luftballoons what have you) you better believe that I had cousins who were no different than Paco Ramone - and were sometimes worse! George Perez may have been offended by the character, but in my eyes, it worked. Not to mention that there was an explosion of latino spotlight in the 80s (Rubik, the Amazing Cube cartoon, anyone?). Plus, Gerry Conway went out of his way to make sure readers saw that, for all of his outward machismo, Vibe was just as flawed and human as the rest of the us. So good on him. Sure, easy to laugh at in hindsight. And the Detroit-era is more nostalgia than well-liked. But it was the first time the JLA book enjoyed an extended forward narrative rather than constant 1 to 3 issue stories. It brought the Martian Manhunter back into play after years of being sidelined. It put Vixen on the map as a viable character. Along with his mini-series, it made Aquaman a character worth exploring. And it gave us a brief look at the underrated work of Chuck Patton. All of which makes it more than just a bump in JLA publishing history. (1984)
Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes: First Appearance of the Infinite Man! One of my favorite not-often-used Legion villains. If you need a comparison, he’s kindof like DC’s version of Marvel’s Eternity. Kinda. Sorta. (1977)
And we’re not done yet! I never read or owned the following issues, but #233 is also notable for the first appearance of Batwoman in Detective Comics as well as the start of the brief Denny O’Neil run on Superman (which would coincide more or less with his “revamps” of Batman and Wonder Woman). Most likely the Superman issue is more known for the cover itself.